The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards aired live on Sept. 20 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles

By Lydia Price
September 20, 2015 09:15 PM

Jeffrey Tambor has been named outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his work as transgender character Maura Pfefferman on Amazon’s Transparent.

“I had a teacher who used to say that when you act you have to act like your life depends upon it and now I have been given the opportunity to act because people’s lives depend upon it,” Tambor said as he accepted his award.

He continued, “Not to repeat myself, but to specifically repeat myself, I’d like to dedicate this performance and this award to the transgender community … Thank you for letting us be part of the change.”

Tambor also shouted out Caitlyn Jenner confidante Jennifer Finney Boylan.

Jeffrey Tambor and Caitlyn Jenner (inset)
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Earlier in the night, show creator Jill Soloway won an Emmy for directing the show.

“In 32 states it would be legal for the landlord to say we don’t rent to trans people. We don’t have a trans tipping point yet, we have a trans problem,” said Solloway.

Tambor claimed victory in a tough race against fellow nominees Anthony Anderson of black-ish, Matt LeBlanc of Episodes, Don Cheadle of House of Lies, Louis C.K. of Louie, William H. Macy of Shameless, and Will Forte of The Last Man on Earth.

Jimmy Kimmel presented the award at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Fox aired the 2015 Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, live on Sept. 20.

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